Give cycling a go in 2012

Women enjoying a bike ride 

If getting fit and staying healthy were on your list of New Year’s Resolutions this year, then it’s well worth thinking about getting on your bike.

Unlike some forms of exercise which can seem like a hard slog, cycling is easy and fun. It’s suitable for everyone, whatever your age, size, or level of fitness. It won’t cost you a monthly fee, it’s easy to make it a part of your weekly routine, and all you need to get started is a bike!

Regular cycling will help your aerobic fitness, stamina, strength, and muscle function, as well as reducing the risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease. It’s low impact so won’t put a strain on your joints, and it’s also great for combating feelings of stress and depression.

In fact, such are the health benefits that experts have worked out that cyclists are likely to live two years longer than non-cyclists!

And the good news is that you don’t have to kit yourself out in head-to-toe lycra and start tackling fifty mile rides. Gentle 10-15 minute rides to work or to the shops are just as good for your health.

So why not make 2012 the year when you give cycling a go? Check out our guide to choosing a bike, and pedal your way to a healthier you!

Also worth checking out: 

Read about Gary Brennan, who lost 25 stone with a cycling-based fitness plan

Read Anne Chatterton's story about how cycling helped her when 'yo-yo' diets failed